Activist and journalist, Rosa Clemente, responds to Rick Ross’ “rape lyric”:
Clemente speaks with Marc Lamont Hill on HuffPost Live, along with Ebony Magazine‘s News & Life Editor Jamilah Lemieux, Washington Post columnist Rahiel Tesfamariam, as well as Brooklyn hip hop artist Talib Kweli – Rick Ross Rape Lyrics: Talib Kweli Takes Rapper To Task Over Controversial Song. They discuss not only Ross’ lyric, but also “the importance of holding hip-hop artists and American communities accountable for not proactively rejecting rape culture or adequately addressing the prevalence of violence against women.”
“A lot of what we criticize about hip-hop, we tend to make it black specific, or ghetto specific, or male specific. It’s just an American problem. So you have white men, you have white male politicians who have said things that are very similar to what Rick Ross said,” Lemieux commented (e.g., Republican US Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, who stated that pregnancy rarely occurs as a result of what he called “legitimate rape“).
The saga continued with a critique of Kweli’s “mansplanation” from the Crunk Feminist Collective: Five Ways Talib Kweli Can Become A Better Ally To Women in Hip-Hop.